The Police Department shall be under the control of the Chief of Police.
The Police Department with such aid as may be rendered by other members of the Police Department shall enforce the street traffic regulations of the City and all of the State vehicle laws applicable to street traffic in the City to make arrests for traffic violations, to investigate accidents and to cooperate with the City Traffic Engineer and other officers of the City in the administration of the traffic laws and in developing ways and means to improve traffic conditions and to carry out those duties specially imposed upon the division by this Code and the traffic ordinances of the City.
The Police Department shall keep a record of all violations of the traffic ordinances of the City or of the State vehicle laws of which any person has been charged, together with a record of the final disposition of all such alleged offenses. Such record shall be so maintained as to show all types of violations and the total of each. Said record shall accumulate during at least a five (5) year period and from that time on the record shall be maintained complete for at least the most recent five (5) year period.
All forms for records of violations and notices of violations shall be serially numbered. For each month and year a written record shall be kept available to the public showing the disposal of all such forms.
All such records and reports shall be public records.
It shall be the duty of the Police Department to investigate traffic accidents, to arrest and to assist in the prosecution of those persons charged with violations of law causing or contributing to such accidents.
Whenever the accidents at any particular location become numerous, the Police Department shall cooperate with the City Traffic Engineer in conducting studies of such accidents and determining remedial measures.
The Police Department shall maintain a suitable system of filing traffic accident reports. Accident reports or cards referring to them shall be filed alphabetically by location. Such reports shall be available for the use and information of the City Traffic Engineer.
The Police Department shall maintain a suitable record of all traffic accidents, warnings, arrests, convictions and complaints reported for each driver, which shall be filed alphabetically under the name of the driver concerned.
The Police Department shall annually prepare a traffic report which shall be filed with the Mayor. Such report shall contain information on traffic matters in the City as follows:
The number of traffic accidents, the number of persons killed, the number of persons injured, and other pertinent traffic accident data.
The number of traffic accidents investigated and other pertinent data on the safety activities of the Police.
The plans and recommendations of the Police Department for future traffic safety activities.
Editor’s Note: Former Section 305.090, City Traffic Engineer, which derived from Ord. No. 1515 § 1(30.060), 8-10-1993, was repealed 4-11-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-14.
[Ord. No. 1515 §2, 8-10-1993; Ord. No. 2017-14 §§ 1 — 2, 4-11-2017]
The Chief of Police is hereby empowered to make regulations necessary to make effective the provisions of the traffic ordinances of the City and to make and enforce temporary or experimental regulations to cover emergencies or special conditions to help enforce concerns of safety. No such temporary or experimental regulation shall remain in effect for more than ninety (90) days unless an extension of the regulation is authorized by the Board of Aldermen.
The Chief of Police may test traffic control devices under actual conditions of traffic.